Running a bookkeeping consulting firm geared towards small businesses teaches you a lot about business startups. We see all sorts of missteps, whether it is right from the beginning or several years down the road. It is very rare that a business will do everything right during the startup phase. The list of tasks that need to get done to get your business up and running can be overwhelming. No matter how experienced you are in business you can’t be an expert in every facet of launching a business. It is amazing to me how reluctant people are to ask for help during the startup phase of a business. I think many people have the mindset to get their business launched by spending as little money as possible. However, this approach often leads to costly mistakes, which are more expensive in the long-run. It is usually much cheaper to pay someone to do something correctly the first time rather than pay them to fix your mistakes in the future. Here are 8 common bookkeeping mistakes I see new businesses make when starting their business.